Brother of satanic-murder victim tells court of anger, regret
KIRSTY Theologo’s brother told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, he wished he could have saved his sister.
“I am not angry with you, I am not angry with God, but I feel angry that I couldn’t help her,” Alex Noble told the two men convicted of his sister’s murder yesterday.
“I wake up in cold flashes, thinking it’s a bad dream… I wake from it over and over again,” he said in pre-sentencing proceedings.
He recounted how he went looking for his sister on October 21, 2011, the night she was struck on the head with a rock, doused with petrol and set alight by her friends in a satanic ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, south of Joburg.
Several hours later, Theologo, 18, arrived home severely burnt. She died from her injuries in hospital.
Noble said he accepted the apology of his sister’s killers, cousins Robin Harwood and Lindon Wagner, convicted of assault, murder, and attempted murder on Thursday.
Harwood and Wagner’s mothers took the stand and pleaded with the Theologos to forgive them and their sons.
Sylvia Theologo, Kirsty’s mother, told the court her family had changed.
“My children blame me because I am her mother and I was supposed to protect her.”
She said her son Alex had become disrespectful and aggressive. She would never forgive Wagner and Harwood, adding if they wanted forgiveness they would get it from God.
Theologo’s friend, who was 14 at the time of the attack, also took the stand. “I forgive you because one day when I get to heaven I will want my Father to forgive me,” she said.
She used a black scarf to cover the burn scars on her neck and chest she sustained during the ritual.
She said she would never be able to be intimate with a man because of the scars.
Her life had changed and her relationship with her mother had broken down.
Judge Geraldine Borchers said she was scheduled for an operation and could only continue with the sentencing on February 11.
Sylvia Theologo burst into tears on hearing this. “No, I can’t do this any more... I’m finished, I want it to end,” she said, as family members comforted her. – Sapa